politics

Puget Sound Agency
6:04 am
Fri July 20, 2012

New Director Aims to Shore Up Puget Sound Agency

Burien's Seahurst Park seawall, slated for demolition this fall.
Photo by John Ryan KUOW

Governor Chris Gregoire created the Puget Sound Partnership five years ago to revive the stalled cleanup of Puget Sound. Now, with six months left in her term as governor, she's replaced the agency head in hopes he can accelerate progress on the sound. He'll be the Partnership's third director in five years. KUOW's John Ryan has the story.

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Spokane Police Chief
5:59 am
Thu July 19, 2012

City of Spokane Mayor Picks Police Chief Finalists

Four finalists for Police Chief in Spokane have been identified by Spokane Mayor Condon. Reporter Paige Browning has details.

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Washington Charter Schools
6:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Wash. Charter School Backers Check In With Plenty Of Signatures

Supporters of creating charter schools in Washington say they have more than enough signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. They turned in their petitions Friday.

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Marijuana Legalization
5:37 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Are Northwest Voters Ready To Legalize Pot?

It looks like voters in both Oregon and Washington will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Backers of an Oregon ballot measure submitted a final batch of petitions Friday to the Secretary of State. In Washington, a pot legalization initiative has already qualified for the ballot. The question now: are Northwest voters ready to say ‘okay’ to getting high? Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Oregon Attorney General
6:48 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Oregon Swears In First Female Attorney General

Oregon has its first female Attorney General. Democrat Ellen Rosenblum was sworn into office Friday. She replaces John Kroger who stepped down earlier this month to become president of Reed College.

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Health Care Decision
7:27 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Debating How To React To Health Care Ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many members of Congress for a loop. Many northwest lawmakers were surprised that the Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate and put limits on the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid. Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital.

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Gubernatorial Debate
6:26 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Inslee, McKenna Highlight Their Differences At First Debate In Governor’s Race

The two leading candidates for Washington governor tried to make it clear at their first debate that Washington voters will choose between two contrasts this November. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee debated each other before a Spokane audience Tuesday. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this recap.

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Attorney General Debate
6:21 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Candidates For Washington Attorney General Come Out Swinging

The two leading candidates for Attorney General for the state of Washington held their first live debate Tuesday in Spokane. Democrat Bob Ferguson and Republican Reagan Dunn are seeking the seat being vacated by Rob McKenna, who is running for Governor. Deborah Wang reports it was a spirited and sometimes sharp-edged debate.

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Gubernatorial Debate
6:18 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Candidates For Wash. Governor Split On ‘Supermajority’

The two leading candidates for Washington governor weighed in on jobs and the economy at their first debate Tuesday in Spokane. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inlsee clashed over an issue voters may face again this fall: taxes, and what it takes to raise them. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Political Advertising
6:52 am
Mon June 11, 2012

Washingtonians Disappointed By Negative Political Ads

Washington voters find it hard to determine if political campaign ads are accurate, according to a survey by the AARP of Washington. Paige Browning reports, the organization hosted an event in Spokane Thursday to share the results and educate their members.

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